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Wi-LAN settles suits with Intel, others
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Canada's Wi-LAN Inc. has confirmed that four litigations that were scheduled for trial in early 2011 have been dismissed as a result of agreements signed with major semiconductor and product vendors.
Broadcom down, Altera up after Q1 earnings
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom's stock declined more than 7 percent in after hours trading after the company reported first quarter profits and second quarter guidance that disappointed analysts. Altera's shares rose despite narrowly missing consensus analysts' expectations.
MEMS mics enhance audio in mobile devices
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two digital MEMS microphones - one designed for mobile phones and the other for laptops and tablets.
New ST MEMS Microphones enhance audio in mobile phones and portable computers
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two new digital MEMS microphones, the MP34DB01 and MP45DT02, claiming superior sound quality, robustness, and reliability at reduced size and cost.
Update: MIPS gets sweet with Honeycomb
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4/26/2011   4 comments
MIPS Technologies said that it has ''official source access'' to Google's Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb.
Silver Lake buys Smart Modular
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Smart Modular Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of memory modules and solid-state storage products, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Silver Lake Partners and Silver Lake Sumeru for $9.25 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $645 million.
Intel takes step back into solar
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4/26/2011   3 comments
Has Intel Corp. re-entered into the solar business? Not exactly.
TowerJazz rolls SiGe process
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4/26/2011   3 comments
Specialty foundry vendor TowerJazz Inc. has announced the availability of its latest silicon germanium (SiGe) foundry process.
Clare CPC7514Z monolithic high-voltage isolated analog switch array
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Clare has introduced the CPC7514Z quad high-voltage isolated analog switch array for use in industrial controls, instrumentation, automatic test equipment and telecom applications.
Crystek unveils CVCO55CC-3500-3700 3500 to 3700-MHz VCO
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Crystek's latest VCO is designed to operate from 3500 MHz to 3700 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1 V to 16 V.
M/A-COM buys Optomai amid suit
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4/26/2011   1 comment
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. has acquired Optomai Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that develops integrated circuits and modules for next-generation 40- and 100-Gbps fiber optic networks.
NXP Semiconductors GreenChip SSL4101T controller IC
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
NXP is adding to its broad GreenChip SSL family of products, the GreenChip SSL4101T controller IC, which offers new levels of professional-grade performance for Solid State LED lighting power supplies.
Miniature telemetry crystal for use in medical implantable devices
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
The CX-16 series crystal launched by IQD comes housed in a hermetically sealed ceramic package measuring just 2.0x1.2x0.4mm.
Nanotube-based solar cells harness viruses
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4/26/2011   5 comments
Living viruses pattern dye-sensitized solar cells by keeping nanotubes conductors in line while secreting a coating of titanium dioxide to make them work.
TI offers Grace to configure MCU peripherals
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4/26/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. is offering the Grace graphical software that generates C code that automatically configures peripherals on the MSP430 microcontroller.
PLX ExpressLane PEX8603 and PEX8605 PCI Gen 2 switches
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
PLX Tech is getting ready to sample this July a three-lane PCIe Gen2 switch, and a new four-lane PCIe Gen2 switch, both of which are in 10x10mm QFN packaging.
Hynix sale scheduled for May
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4/26/2011   4 comments
A group of creditor banks that turned Hynix debts into shareholding back in 2001 have announced plans to sell off as early as May, their 15 percent stake in the world's second largest DRAM maker, according to reports.
LG Electronics signs broad Cortex IP deal
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Consumer electronics equipment company LG Electronics has signed a licensing agreement with ARM Holdings plc that covers the Cortex processor and Mali graphics processor families.
Si2 to form 3-D IC standards group
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4/26/2011   3 comments
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), an organization focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve IC design, is quietly forming a standards group for 3-D chips.
AMD plans dev con for Fusion chips
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4/26/2011   3 comments
AMD will host a June developer conference to roll out a road map for programming its chips that merge x86 and graphics cores on the same processor.
Apple moves to No. 1 in handset revenue
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4/26/2011   39 comments
Apple overtook Nokia to become No. 1 in revenue among the world's handset vendors during the first quarter, when Apple racked up record iPhone sales according to Strategy Analytics.
Freescale RF power LDMOS transistors target wireless base stations
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced two LDMOS RF power transistors that allow wireless base station amplifiers to cover all channels in an entire allocated frequency band.
Cadence introduces latest version of Allegro
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems introduced the latest version of its Allegro PCB and IC packaging technology, delivering new capabilities that the company says provide increases in productivity and predictability across silicon, SoC and system development.
Firm lowers MOCVD forecast
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Investment banking firm Barclays Capital has lowered its forecast in the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment arena.
Elpida's profits fell in 2010
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. has announced preliminary consolidated earnings figures for fiscal year 2010.
Three indicted for PC exports to Iran
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4/25/2011   10 comments
Three individuals have been recently indicted on charges of illegally exporting millions of dollars worth of computer-related equipment from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Class D audio driver IC integrates two channels in small footprint
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2052M Class D two-channel audio driver IC for high-performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers.
National Instruments launches fast PXI digitizers
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4/25/2011   1 comment
National Instruments has released what the company claims is the industry's highest bandwidth PXI digitizer, co-developed with Tektronix.
Japan's EUV source vendors file for divorce
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4/25/2011   8 comments
Japan's Komatsu Ltd. and Ushio Inc. have agreed to terminate the ongoing joint venture agreement regarding light source vendor Gigaphoton Inc.
Mentor dismisses Icahn's board nominees
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines fired back at billionaire financier Carl Icahn, saying that Icahn is distorting the qualifications of his three nominees to Mentor's board of directors.
Philips, NEC to combine imaging systems
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4/25/2011   4 comments
Philips and NEC will integrate their separate digital image scanning and analysis systems used to automate the process of detecting certain cancers.
VLSI: IC billings down, ASPs fall
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4/25/2011   1 comment
It's a mixed picture for ICs, according to VLSI Research Inc.'s ''Semiconductor Analytics'' report.
Analyst: Mobile PC market to grow 27% in 2011
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4/25/2011   5 comments
Mobile PC shipments will each 277.7 million units in 2011, up 27 percent on 2010, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.
TI muscles into touch-panel frenzy
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4/25/2011   3 comments
Texas Instruments is muscling into the touch-panel rush by targeting its ultra-low-power microcontrollers for touch applications.
New $29 battery-powered MachXO2 Pico Development Kit from Lattice
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4/25/2011   2 comments
The MachXO2 Pico Development Kit provides designers with a flexible and low cost platform to rapidly evaluate and verify their designs in hardware.
Selective encryption said to cut wireless power
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4/25/2011   3 comments
Streaming video could be selectively encrypted in order to save mobile battery power.
Mellanox rolls 40G Ethernet switch
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4/25/2011   1 comment
Mellanox leapfrogged Broadcom and Marvell by sampling a switch chip supporting up to 36 40 Gbit/second Ethernet or 56 Gbit/s Infiniband ports.
Security manager IC with 1024 bytes of nonimprinting memory
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's newest security manager combines a patented nonimprinting-memory scheme with an ultra-low battery current for applications requiring the highest level of security.
Touch controller now offers haptic feedback
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Atmel has introduced capacitive touch application-specific microcontrollers for implementing touch button, slider and wheel functionality, that integrate Immersion's haptic intellectual property to create a more intuitive and powerful user experience.
Telit supports smart metering initiatives with energy-efficient, wireless M-Bus module
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Telit Wireless Solutions has launched a module featuring wireless M-Bus transfer technology.
USB MCU families tackle medical applications
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has introduced two microcontroller families that expand its focus on USB connectivity.
Battery-less, RF-powered energy harvesting wireless sensor system targets building and industrial automation
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4/24/2011   1 comment
Powercast Corporation has unveiled its Lifetime Power Wireless Sensor System for wireless environmental monitoring in HVAC control and building automation.
AirCheck Wi-Fi tester extends WLAN performance and detection capabilities
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Fluke Networks has released the latest version of the AirCheck Wi-Fi tester, a dedicated handheld tool that delivers quick and easy troubleshooting for today's increasingly complex WLANs.
HDCP GMSL chipset enables secure transmission of digital content in cars
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced another two members of its high-speed LVDS SerDes, a gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) chipset that features high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) for in-vehicle infotainment solutions.
Highly automated driving takes shape
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4/24/2011   5 comments
The HAVEit project is intended to make vehicles safer, more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient by enhancing their level of automation.
Video: Tesla, Coda race to electric sedans
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4/22/2011   12 comments
EV makers Tesla Motors and Coda Automotive are racing to deliver five-passenger sedans sometime in the next several months.
Maxim, Cypress beat estimates
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
Chip makers Maxim Integrated Products and Cypress Semiconductor reported quarterly results that exceeded Wall Street analysts' expectations.
Nanya sees loss, enters mobile DRAM biz
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4/22/2011   3 comments
Taiwan DRAM maker Nanya Technology Corp. and its joint venture, Inotera Memories Inc., continue to spill red ink.
FRAM customers mad over IBM foundry delays
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4/22/2011   11 comments
Amid ongoing problems with its foundry ramp with IBM Corp., Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of ferroelectric-based memory, reported total revenue of $10.6 million for the first quarter of 2011, compared with $15.8 million for the same quarter last year.
Renesas begins with foundries, restarts Naka
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced that it plans to run test production at the 200-mm wafer fabrication line at its Naka wafer fabrication factory on Saturday (April 23) with mass production scheduled to start on June 15. The company stated it has also begun transferring some chip production to foundries.
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